What is a Rally?
Put simply, a rally is countryside driving with a purpose! It is a
timed logic contest that is driven on paved, public roads, at or below
legal speeds. It consists of two principles: Course Following and
Timing. The Rally team works together to find and stay on course and to
be exactly on time. Most Peachstate Rallies are TSD (Time Speed
Distance), where the time is calculated based on assigned speed and the
distance in miles where that average speed must be maintained.
Is my car eligible?
Any street legal vehicle is eligible.
Am I eligible?
If you have a valid driver's license, you are eligible to drive the Rally vehicle.
How Much does it cost?
The fee for Rally participation is $15 per Rally team. The fee for food varies, but it is usually about $10 per person.
How do we follow the Course?
The Rally team is given a set of instructions (called "Rally Route Instructions), based on the Peachstate Rally Generals, here, that will define the Rally course. The team must interpret these instructions in order to stay on course.
What is a Rally Team?
The team consists of a driver and a navigator. By definition, the
driver drives a rally vehicle along the course, while the navigator
instructs the driver when to execute a written instruction. To be
successful, both team members must work together to follow the course
and be on time.
How do we stay on time?
The Rally is subdivided into Legs and each leg is its own entity. It
is measured and a completion time is calculated and assigned. The Rally
Teams’ goal is to traverse each leg in exactly the assigned time. The
Rally Master assigns a CAST (Change Average Speed To command, which
sets the rally speed limit for that section of the Leg) based on legal
speed limits encountered along various parts of the Leg. The Rally Team
should maintain that average speed.
How do we score points?
A point is awarded for each second early or late at a checkpoint
that ends a Rally Leg. A zero on a Leg means that the team traversed
the Leg in exactly the calculated/assigned Leg time. As in golf, where
the lowest score wins, so also in rally does the team with the lowest
total score win.
What is a Checkpoint?
A Checkpoint defines the end of a rally Leg. At a manned control, a
rally worker will record the rally vehicle’s in-time and assign an
out-time to begin the next Rally Leg. At a DIYC (Do It Yourself
Control), the Rally Team assigns their own in-time and their out-time
is exactly 3 minutes later.
What do we do at a Checkpoint?
After your rally vehicle passes the red and white “PCA Checkpoint"
sign, pull off the road (usually into a parking lot), park your car,
and bring your scorecard to the workers table. Your in-time called in
by a rally worker when you passed the PCA Checkpoint sign will be
recorded, and then a new out-time will also be recorded on your
scorecard. After receiving your scorecard along with a Critique Sheet
(which gives the official time for the Leg you just completed so that
you can immediately determine how well you performed), position your
vehicle close to the Out sign, read and execute any Special
Instructions on the Critique Sheet, and then leave the checkpoint on
the next leg at the assigned out-time.
What if this is my first Rally?
Peachstate has two rally classes. SOP (Seat of the Pants) is our
competitive class, allowing only driver and navigator in the rally
vehicle. The Tour class is for new or occasional rallyists that also
allows extra passengers to ride in the vehicle during the rally. The
Rally Route Instructions are much more detailed for the Tour class,
thus making following the course significantly easier than for the SOP
class. Each major turn is explained to keep the rallyists on course. We
also offer a Rally School that explains rally basics and provides
fundamental understanding of the logic contest called "Rally." Rally
School Videos are available here on this website to teach you the basics of
rallying in Peachstate.
How do we Register for a Rally?
Rally registration is located at the Rally Start point (as defined
in the announcement of the Rally event itself) and is usually held at
1:00 - 1:30PM on Rally day.
Pre-registration is not necessary for competing in a rally, although
the Rallymasters always need a full contingent of rally workers prior
to Rally day. If you have some concern about competing in a rally, then
starting out as a worker may be very beneficial as an introduction to
At registration, the Rallymaster will assign you an out-time. Before
that time, you will have some free time to set your watch to the
official rally time, to socialize with other rallyists, to attend a
driver's meeting, to receive the Rally Route Instructions (given to you
10 minutes before your out-time), and to prepare to start the rally at
your designated out-time on the ODO leg.
What is an ODO Leg?
ODO is short for odometer, as in the part of your speedometer that
measures and reads out the distance the car has traveled in miles. In a
rally, the ODO Leg is a 5 to 10 mile leg in which you can calibrate
your vehicle's mileage against the official rally mileage, based on the
Rally Master's vehicle used to lay out the Rally Course. A set length
of time is provided to complete the ODO Leg, but the ODO Leg is not
scored. The odometer leg is provided to allow odometer (and perhaps
speedometer) calibration in relation to official mileage. The timed and
scored portion of the Rally starts after the ODO leg according to your
start time. Therefore, you'll actually begin the rally on Leg 1, not
the ODO leg.
What should I bring to a Rally?
A clipboard or notebook to hold the route instructions, pencils, a
timepiece (digital is best), a copy of the Peachstate Rally Generals,
and whatever you want to drink at the party. A clear head may help and
the determination to have fun and a great drive through the countryside.